6 Ways to Stay Motivated Working from HomeMay 26, 2022
We've all had those days where we can't seem to stay motivated on the task at hand. This can be especially true for those who work from home and lack imposed structure.
This often shows up as...
Procrastination - telling yourself you'll work on it later
Avoidance - keeping "busy" with other tasks that aren't as important
Distraction - getting sucked into the void of emails, texts or social media
So what do we do if we aren't feeling motivated to show up?
The next time you find yourself in this predicament, come back to these surefire ways to get back on track.
1. Move your body and change your state
Studies show that changing your physical state changes your mental state. Moving your body can release stuck energy and get you in a more creative mindset. So put on a song that makes you happy and dance around for a minute or two. Try it, I dare ya. (I'll make it easy by linking one of my favorite songs here).
2. Review your vision and #1 priority for the day
Why are you working on what you're working on, and how does it tie into your bigger vision? What's the thing that's most important to move forward on this project today?
3. Chunk it down
Have you broken it down into small enough steps that you feel clear on your next actions? If not, try chunking it down even more.
4. Use what's worked for you in the past
Think of a time when you were really motivated, what worked? Is there anything you can bring from this experience into the present? For example, if you brainstormed with a team at work, you could try getting a whiteboard to write out your ideas on, or vocally sharing ideas and recording them in a voice memo.
5. Set up accountability
Reach out to a colleague, friend, family member, coach, or even better -- another business bestie to share your intention for the day. Often just vocalizing what we plan to do with others can help us actually follow through on our intention.
6. Reward yourself
The brain's limbic system will work harder to complete a task if it knows it will be rewarded with oxytocin at the end (the feel good hormone). Planning small rewards throughout the day like a walk outside or a cup of tea can incentivize you to keep moving forward.
Working from home has its pros and cons for sure. It can be great to throw in a load of laundry or make a meal straight from your fridge. But when you find yourself organizing your entire work space before actually getting to work, or spending the first half of your day on household chores, it's time to check in with yourself and rein it in if needed!
We'd love to hear if you use any of these strategies currently, and which ones you found the most helpful!
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